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Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

Posted by socalgal z10CA Sunset z24 (My Page) on
Sat, May 29, 10 at 14:15

I have managed to keep my pink hyacinths (regular and festival) going for several years in my warm zone by digging them up each year and chilling them in the refrigerator in late fall. They're very pretty but they've never been very fragrant. Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant? I'm not sure if it's worth keeping these another year, or if I should try with new ones next year that might be more fragrant.

Ruth


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

The ones I grew this year were so fragrant I could not keep a cut stalk in the house. Maybe where you are the heat bakes them and makes them less fragrant?


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

The strength of the fragrance does vary with some varieties not as pronounced as others. I can't recall which varieties are most fragrant but I seem to remember that Carnegie (white)is good.


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

mine are deep blue and the bees LOVE to visit them every year


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

Is it possible they were English or Spanish hyacinths? They would have had a 12 to 18 inch spire with little bells dangling down the sides. Though called hyacinths, they are not Dutch hyacinths. Dutch hyacinths are fragrant. Spanish are not.


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

The regular ones (not the festivals) are definitely Dutch. I'm going to try some Carnegie next year - I've seen it recommended as fragrant in a few places.


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RE: Aren't hyacinths supposed to be fragrant?

I've never met a (true) hyacinth that wasn't fragrant.

Maybe purchase potted ones that are fragrant and start them that way. They should be commonly available in spring at florists and nurseries.


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